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International Students

Immigration Briefing and Check-In (IBC)

You are required to attend an Immigration Briefing and Check-in (IBC) session to clear your International Bar and prepare to register. This 75-minute session reviews the basic information international students need, including immigration rules and regulations, health insurance, and registration. IBC registration can only be done in person at the International Office.

  • Click here to schedule an appointment to complete the required Immigration Briefing and Check-in (IBC)

Financial Requirements

International students attending UT-Austin in F-1 or J-1 status must show proof of financial support. The financial requirements website will help you estimate your costs and prepare for your arrival at UT-Austin. Additional information is included about how to pay tuition and fees once you arrive at UT Austin.

Make Travel Plans to Attend the Welcome and Orientation Program

Making travel plans to include this important program will allow sufficient time for you to become familiar with the University, complete housing arrangements, complete immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements, and tend to other matters before registration. See the orientation schedule for more details.

Make Financial Arrangements

You should plan to receive at least $35,000 each year (more if you plan to bring dependents). Bring at least $17,500 with you when you arrive to cover first semester tuition, fees, books, and three month’s living expenses.

Obtain Your Visa

If you reside outside the U.S, take your valid passport, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and evidence of adequate financial resources to the nearest U.S. Consulate to apply for your visa. You may also need to provide proof of ties to your home country, such as job offers, evidence of ownership of a residence or property in your home country, or copies of bank statements from a bank in your home country.

Consider Your Short-Term and Long-Term Housing Needs

See the Housing in Austin website for short and long-term options as well as suggested ways to seek off-campus housing. Assistance in finding housing will be available upon your arrival in the International Office. We are unable to reserve off-campus housing on your behalf. Bring an extra copy of your evidence of financial support with you to Austin; it is required for certain housing options.

Submit Proof of Immunization

International students should not mail their form to UHS. Instead, bring your form to the Allergy/Immunization clinic on the 2nd floor of the Student Services Building when you arrive in Austin. Students born outside of the U.S. will be barred from registering for classes (even during new student orientation) until UHS has documentation that they have met the medical clearance requirements. Your physician or health care provider must complete the sections on your immunization history, including documentation of required immunizations. ONLY Tuberculin PPD (Mantoux) skin tests and chest x-rays performed in the U.S. within 1 year of your enrollment at UT will be accepted.  More information can be found at http://www.healthyhorns.utexas.edu.

Plan Your Arrival

If you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, you will find that the University, and most businesses, are closed. If you arrive on a weekday, we invite you to visit the International Office between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

The local airport, “Austin Bergstrom International Airport” (ABIA), is located approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the campus. Unfortunately, we are unable to make arrangements to meet you at the airport. However, there are several transportation options:

  1. BUS – Capitol Metro’s Route 100 Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Fare is $0.50. The UT Campus stop is at Dean Keeton (26th) St. and Speedway.

  2. SUPERSHUTTLE – Private provider. Approximate fare to the university area is $13-19 for one person, $10 for each additional passenger. Phone: 1-800-258-3826 Prior reservations are not necessary. Follow the signs in the airport to the Supershuttle (Blue Van) reservation desk.

  3. TAXI – Approximate fare to UT Austin is $25.

Health Insurance

As an international student enrolled at UT-Austin, you are required to have health and accident insurance, which is included in the cost of tuition and fees. It is advisable for all dependents to have health and accident insurance. Dependents of J-1 exchange visitors are required to have health and accident insurance.

Required Immigration Briefing and Check-In

You are required to attend an Immigration Briefing and Check-in (IBC) session to clear your International Bar and prepare to register. This 75-minute session reviews the basic information international students need, including immigration rules and regulations, health insurance, and registration. IBC registration can only be done in person at the International Office.

  • If you have been admitted to The University for a Summer semester, or for the Fall semester and are attending an Undergraduate Summer Orientation session in June or July, click here to schedule an appointment to complete the required Immigration Briefing  and Check-in (IBC)

Orientation

In addition to online orientation option, you may choose to attend one of several orientation programs at UT-Austin, including orientation in your academic department and orientation for international students. The International Office offers three weeks of orientation events during the month of August to accommodate your arrival schedule, your departmental commitments and your information needs. Attendance at most of these events is optional.

Information for Undergraduate Students

Additional Information for undergraduate students including additional orientation options (Camp Texas and UT Undergraduate Orientation), THEA Test, Credit by Examination and Transfer Credit information.

Information for Graduate Students

Office of Graduate Studies On-Line Orientation Program
International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program

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The Indian Students Association looks forward to meeting with you upon your arrival in Austin. The following information and weblinks provide helpful information in preparing to attend The University of Texas at Austin.

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Texas at Austin!